Biography of Ayad Akhtar

Ayad Akhtar is an American playwright, novelist, and screenwriter.

Born in Staten Island, New York to Pakistani parents, Akhtar's work deals with themes of immigration, religion, and American-Muslim identity. In 2013, Akhtar received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His plays have also received Tony Award nominations.

In 2020, Akhtar became president of PEN America, a New York-based nonprofit organization that seeks to protect free expression through celebrating literature and human rights.

Study Guides on Works by Ayad Akhtar

Ayad Akhtar's one-act play Disgraced is about Amir Kapoor, an American-born lawyer whose Muslim background interferes with his promotion to partner at his Jewish-run legal firm. Amir learns he has not made partner during a dinner party in his...